Chiefs sign former Eagles LB Akeem Jordan
Akeem Jordan is only the second player to follow Andy Reid to Kansas City after spending 2012 on the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster. The Kansas City Chiefs also signed free agent wide receiver and special teamer Mardy Gilyard a few weeks ago.
The news of Akeem Jordan’s signing was initially broken by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun late on Saturday, and later confirmed by multiple reports. The deal reportedly includes minimum salary benefits and a $20,000 signing bonus.
The 27-year-old Akeem Jordan played on the outside in Philadelphia Eagles’ 4-3 scheme last season. He had 26 tackles in 14 games during 2012. However, the Kansas City Chiefs don’t need help at those positions in the starting lineup, with Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the outside, as well as Derrick Johnson in the middle.
With the recent addition, the Kansas City Chiefs have great depth at linebacker. Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Zac Diles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs this week. Akeem Jordan in expected to serve as more of a backup inside linebacker, while competing for time at the spot with Zac Diles, considering the Kansas City Chiefs don’t add further competition to the mix through the draft.
Since entering the league as an undrafted free agent from James Madison in 2007, Akeem Jordan has spent the past six-seasons under Andy Reid during his tenure as the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach. Akeem Jordan started34 of 82 games for the Philadelphia Eagles during the course of that time, contributing 262 tackles, one sacks, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.
The Philadelphia Eagles offered Akeem Jordan a deal to return with the team next season, but he chose the Kansas City Chiefs over the Eagles.
Before visiting the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, Akeem Jordan also visited the Cincinnati Bengals earlier on Tuesday.